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    Harry

    Thanks, Ford! I've improved a bit, thanks to Thorn's editing, and his instruction too. The next chapter is unedited by Thorn, though. It's just me and my Grammarly program (not perfect, but it does help). If you find anything wrong, by all means let me know. I'll never be a comma wizard, but that's okay. 😄 I hope you continue to enjoy these. I really like writing them - they're fun forays into the world of the campground!
    5 minutes ago, Ford48 said:

    Wayne, I feel very much like I'm back home. Your Camp Refuge stories...in fact all of your stories... seem so real from the situations to your characters to the progression of the story line. As I've confessed before I've researched the Camp Refuge locale and can visualize just where it is.

     I'm a stickler for editing, not to the point that I don't enjoy various stories, but the you're, your, you are, and the they're, there, their put me on edge. I never feel that with you.

    So, I'm happy to have you back. What a great start to a new story. Keep it coming!

    Thanks, Ford!

    I've improved a bit, thanks to Thorn's editing, and his instruction too. The next chapter is unedited by Thorn, though. It's just me and my Grammarly program (not perfect, but it does help). If you find anything wrong, by all means let me know. I'll never be a comma wizard, but that's okay. 😄

    I hope you continue to enjoy these. I really like writing them - they're fun forays into the world of the campground!

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    Joe

    Thank you, belisima! I'm so happy you enjoyed this story. Joe deserves to be happy, and so far he has never even gotten a chance to try. But now, maybe he can start on that path. There's more of these little stories to come. Stay tuned!
    49 minutes ago, belisima said:

    Good for Joe!!

    i can't wait to hear more of his story.

    You never, ever disappoint with your stories and I'm always ready to read more.  Thank you for sharing your gift with us.

    Thank you, belisima!

    I'm so happy you enjoyed this story. Joe deserves to be happy, and so far he has never even gotten a chance to try. But now, maybe he can start on that path.

    There's more of these little stories to come. Stay tuned!

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    Joe

    I couldn't agree more. 🙂 Thanks for reading, Kitt.
    17 minutes ago, Kitt said:

    Babies don't care. They just want love.

    I don't care. I just want love

    If more people thought like the babies this world would be a better place

    I couldn't agree more. 🙂

    Thanks for reading, Kitt.

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    Chapter 1

    A great story. I could feel Craig daring to dream while under the influence of James's disarming approach to life. Though, like many have said, it does beg for more. Well written. Thank you.

    A great story.

    I could feel Craig daring to dream while under the influence of James's disarming approach to life.

    Though, like many have said, it does beg for more.

    Well written. Thank you.

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    Joe

    You know, I wasn't so sure how this one would go. This chapter. The reason is lots of guys aren't capable of learning a lesson from a man like Pete. Using him for fun? Sure. But hearing and understanding the deeper truth under his approach to life? That's a stretch. But ... even while Joe was getting blindsided by him, he's also internalizing a bit of what makes Pete tick. How he stands up in the face of a wave of disapproval. How he is so unapologetic and just IS. Joe will never be Pete, a
    12 minutes ago, NewEnglander said:

    Are you even capable of writing a story that doesn't at some point make me cry, Wayne?! 😀

    Another wonderful story. I hope to hear more about Joe.

    It would seem that Joe has both a lot to learn and a lot to say!

    And perhaps Jake does too....

    "... even if you're not sure, you just gotta dive in."

    You know, I wasn't so sure how this one would go. This chapter.

    The reason is lots of guys aren't capable of learning a lesson from a man like Pete. Using him for fun? Sure. But hearing and understanding the deeper truth under his approach to life? That's a stretch. But ... even while Joe was getting blindsided by him, he's also internalizing a bit of what makes Pete tick. How he stands up in the face of a wave of disapproval. How he is so unapologetic and just IS. Joe will never be Pete, and he doesn't have to be. But Joe is better for having met and experienced him.

    Joe still has a great deal to learn. Jake can show him some of the way too. I think, together, they can be great. But time and additional stories will tell. 🙂

    Thanks for the nice comment.

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    Harry

    I'm happy to share my writing, and I'm thankful it appeals. I'm happy with this little story. Harry is such a sweet kid, and Gus is too. Then we've got the parents, who just want their boys to be happy - no matter what that might look like. Thanks for the nice note. 🙂
    1 hour ago, NewEnglander said:

    Your writing grabs for my soul every time, Wayne!

    I'm grateful that you so freely share your amazing talent for spinning a yarn that simply draws me in, taking me for a delightful roller coaster ride of emotions.

    You have a gift for painting a picture with your words while conveying emotions and feelings. I absolutely love this short story. Thank you.

    I'm happy to share my writing, and I'm thankful it appeals.

    I'm happy with this little story. Harry is such a sweet kid, and Gus is too. Then we've got the parents, who just want their boys to be happy - no matter what that might look like.

    Thanks for the nice note. 🙂

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    Joe

    Pete is deeper than what many might give him credit for right out of the gate. But yeah! What kind of guy can keep up with him? What kind of guy can make him happy, encourage him, and add to his experience? We'll have to find out. Molly is a good-hearted woman. While Estivo is like this silent witness, Molly is all up in it. LOL. And I love her for it. Joe got pushed to the campground, and he didn't exactly appreciate it. Once there, and once he managed to just get past himself a littl
    2 hours ago, mollyhousemouse said:

    so many things to love about this one

    Peter is deeper than he appears, can't wait to meet Russell

    grateful for Molly's interference & intuition

    happy that Joe stuck around at the camp & that he saw, really saw what was in front of him 

    and Jake, well i'm quite sure he's going to be awesome too

    i'm also so glad you found your way to GA & share these stories with us!

    Pete is deeper than what many might give him credit for right out of the gate. But yeah! What kind of guy can keep up with him? What kind of guy can make him happy, encourage him, and add to his experience? We'll have to find out.

    Molly is a good-hearted woman. While Estivo is like this silent witness, Molly is all up in it. LOL. And I love her for it.

    Joe got pushed to the campground, and he didn't exactly appreciate it. Once there, and once he managed to just get past himself a little, he allowed himself to simply enjoy things (including Pete!). But yeah ... watching all the regular folks helped him more than anything.

    Jake's a sweet guy. He didn't get much time in the story, but that'll change. 🙂

    And thanks, molly! I'm glad to be here too.

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    Joe

    Thanks, Tony. There's more coming. I have a few ideas already, and I'm trying to decide which to do first. It's a good problem. 🙂
    3 hours ago, pvtguy said:

    Can't add anything new that hasn't already been said...Just love your writing!  So talented!  I look forward to each chapter you post!

    Tony

    Thanks, Tony.

    There's more coming. I have a few ideas already, and I'm trying to decide which to do first. It's a good problem. 🙂

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    Joe

    That was a rough start, wasn't it? I'll admit, I am pretty proud of how I got that done. Molly's comment triggering a PTSD-style flashback in Joe? Well, I've never done that before! Poor Joe. But ... still. He lived through it. He has a chance, and he's trying. I guess that's all a man can want.
    9 hours ago, Hawgdad said:

    Holy cow Wayne!!!   I'm so thankful I have learned to trust you and move forward in spite of ROUGH beginnings.  All the good things beyond the beginning are the reason to keep moving forward.  Tom

    That was a rough start, wasn't it? I'll admit, I am pretty proud of how I got that done. Molly's comment triggering a PTSD-style flashback in Joe? Well, I've never done that before! Poor Joe. But ... still. He lived through it. He has a chance, and he's trying. I guess that's all a man can want.

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    Joe

    Hahaha. Yeah, I have known a few "Petes" myself. And guys like him draw desire, envy, irritation, amusement, and more from those around him. I tended to lean toward desire. 😄 Thanks for the comments, Tom!
    9 hours ago, Hawgdad said:

    Absolutely YEP to more stories about guys like Joe, but FOR SURE about more guys like Pete!!!  I can personally testify that several years knowing guys like Pete brought tons of balance and JOY to my life.   Tom

    Hahaha. Yeah, I have known a few "Petes" myself. And guys like him draw desire, envy, irritation, amusement, and more from those around him. I tended to lean toward desire. 😄

    Thanks for the comments, Tom!

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    Joe

    That's a good way to tie them together. "emerge" is a pretty apt description of what both Harry and Joe did. You're right concerning relationships. It's like trying to make ourselves fit a mold that is snapping and breaking all around us. Then we feel broken and strange for things not working how they "should". Finally, hopefully, we make it to the point where Pete is. Where we say "Okay. I'm doing this my way, and I'm going to find someone who accepts that." Thanks, Quixo. I like this
    11 hours ago, Quixo said:

    With both of these stories, we have wonderful tales of people just starting to emerge.  Everyone's coming out story is different as is everyone's moment of truth.  Some had easier paths than others, and some never quite found their way.

    As for relationships, many of us grew up in a time when we had no models to follow,  For many of us, we quickly learned that what our parents had, wasn't going to fit our lives.  We all sort of made it up as we went along.

    As always, I look forward to your next chapter.  This format of individual vignettes is great!

    That's a good way to tie them together. "emerge" is a pretty apt description of what both Harry and Joe did.

    You're right concerning relationships. It's like trying to make ourselves fit a mold that is snapping and breaking all around us. Then we feel broken and strange for things not working how they "should". Finally, hopefully, we make it to the point where Pete is. Where we say "Okay. I'm doing this my way, and I'm going to find someone who accepts that."

    Thanks, Quixo. I like this format too! 🙂

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    Joe

    I love the pinball that is Pete. 😄 And I'm glad Joe and Jake resonate so well. That moment with Pete ... where he refused to be Joe's first "real" kiss. Well, Pete showed himself to be special in recognizing that he wasn't who Joe should remember when he thinks back on his first kiss with a man. Pete's a horndog, but he's caring and insightful too. And it's funny when characters do things like this. Sometimes they surprise me, and Pete did. He has earned a spot on the "will likely return" l
    1 hour ago, spyke said:

    I think this one may have backfired on you @Wayne Gray. It's safe to say that Joe and Jake are a hit with all of us, and Pete is a treasure trove. It was just so poignant when Joe told Pete that he had never kissed a man and Pete told him to "save that for someone special then." Yep, I'm predicting more of these three are going to be in the not too distant future.  Thanks Wayne!

    I love the pinball that is Pete. 😄 And I'm glad Joe and Jake resonate so well.

    That moment with Pete ... where he refused to be Joe's first "real" kiss. Well, Pete showed himself to be special in recognizing that he wasn't who Joe should remember when he thinks back on his first kiss with a man. Pete's a horndog, but he's caring and insightful too. And it's funny when characters do things like this. Sometimes they surprise me, and Pete did. He has earned a spot on the "will likely return" list. Next time, with a certain as yet unseen husband in tow.

    Joe and Jake too deserve some additional love on the screen. I've suddenly got a lot to do ...

    Thanks, spyke! 🙂

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    Harry

    Thanks! There’s more to come - additional little one-shots at the campground. So stay tuned!
    1 hour ago, Story Reader said:

    I really loved your story. You are a great story writer! 😁

    Thanks! There’s more to come - additional little one-shots at the campground. So stay tuned!

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    Harry

    Thanks for the great comment! I hope you enjoyed this one. 🙂
    7 hours ago, Story Reader said:

    WOW! I have missed reading your stories. I am back to reading online again. I will comment more when I read more hehehehe

    Thanks for the great comment!

    I hope you enjoyed this one. 🙂

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    An Ember Burns

    Thanks, Jeffrey! I’m happy to know Troy and Grant deserved a second go-around. 🙂
    5 hours ago, JeffreyL said:

    Hey Wayne! I was thinking about some of the stories that I especially enjoyed here on GA. And for no good reason I decided to reread some. Of course your stories are terrific, and I really loved Troy and Grant! I just finished reading their story, and let me say I enjoyed as much the second time as I did the first time! Your writing is always great! Thanks. 

    Thanks, Jeffrey! I’m happy to know Troy and Grant deserved a second go-around. 🙂

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    Harry

    Thanks for the nice comment, Tom. You're right, of course. Within minutes of arrival, these seekers run into people who can provide answers. And even those knowing the answers get something out of the deal too (because helping others, and connecting are rewards in themselves). That said, I don't think it's a far stretch to imagine that progressive, caring parents will take their gay kids to a gay-friendly campground. No doubt, Gus was a godsend to Harry. A beautiful, confident, slightly mor
    8 hours ago, Hawgdad said:

    Hey Wayne...  It is wonderful to be welcomed back to Camp Refuge with a "got lucky" story.  Gus and his folks got lucky running into a family whose needs dovetailed so well with their capacities to help and guide.  Harry and his folks got lucky running into a family to help them along the path to wellness.  And we, your readers, got lucky by being invited to share the start of another Camp success story.  This story could so easily become more than a short....  hint, hint, hint.   Tom

    Thanks for the nice comment, Tom.

    You're right, of course. Within minutes of arrival, these seekers run into people who can provide answers. And even those knowing the answers get something out of the deal too (because helping others, and connecting are rewards in themselves). That said, I don't think it's a far stretch to imagine that progressive, caring parents will take their gay kids to a gay-friendly campground. No doubt, Gus was a godsend to Harry. A beautiful, confident, slightly more experienced kid right there. Well. That's a hard thing to ignore. 🙂

    Yes ... I know. Hint, hint. 😛 I hear you. hehehe.

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    Chapter 1

    Going for a reread? Enjoy!
    7 hours ago, Hawgdad said:

    It's great to be back to Guarded!!!  Tom

    Going for a reread?

    Enjoy!

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    Harry

    Thank you, teaso. "Tender" is a word that has been used a few times to describe the story. And it fits. Sweet, gentle, careful, tender. I like how it turned out. I'm glad you took it for a read.
    45 minutes ago, tesao said:

    Beautiful, tender story. I loved it!  What a treat to visit the camp again.

    Thank you, teaso.

    "Tender" is a word that has been used a few times to describe the story. And it fits. Sweet, gentle, careful, tender. I like how it turned out. I'm glad you took it for a read.

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